Chloe (UK - BD RB)
Marcus has a short affair with Chloe and doesn't regret a single sordid moment...
Catherine (Julianne Moore) feels detached from her family. Her son, Michael (Max Thieriot), is growing up and isn’t the little boy she used to be able to talk to any more, and her husband, David (Liam Neeson), seems to have more fun with his young female students than he does at home.
After checking David’s phone and suspecting that he might be having an affair, Catherine hires Chloe (Amanda Seyfried), an escort who she meets by chance in a restaurant, to tempt her husband and to see how far he’d go with this young girl.
When Chloe reports back that David is more than willing to cheat on his wife, Catherine pushes Chloe to take it further and soon gets more than she bargained for out of the arrangement.
On the surface this movie has been done to death over the years. Erotic thrillers are a dime a dozen and all come with the affairs, the psycho temptress, and of course a cautionary tale to all men even tempted with cheating on their partners, but Chloe is actually quite a nice change of pace and as opposed to feeding off of the man's motivations it aims its sights at the wife’s point of view.
How this plays out is actually quite interesting and made all the better with another pitch perfect Julianne Moore performance. The angle of the suspicious wife really feeds into the female perspective well and plays with the paranoia, mixed emotions and heartbreak that a potential affair stirs up, and via Amanda Seyfried’s enticing yet fragile performance as Chloe I totally bought into why Julianne’s character would get so pulled in by the complexity of the situation.
To go into more detail would do a disservice to the movie and even though the story's twists and turns are more than guessable from a very early stage, it’s the characters motivations and reactions to the events that made Chloe a hell of a lot more enjoyable than what the majority of erotic dramas/thrillers usually muster up.
Despite lacking in the finer details, the 1:78 transfer for Chloe is a pleasant one, with deep black levels, warm lighting, and a relatively satisfying overall effect.
Skin tones and textures are a mixed bag but generally feel quite natural and there is a striking contrast between Julianne Moore’s uber pale complexion and the rest of the cast's healthier glows. Julianne’s freckles have never been so apparent and with her character alone you get a whole host of different striking reds, from her dark red hair, to her bold red party dress, and even her reddened eyes after the emotional trauma. She’s quite the example for the HD red colour spectrum, but all colour representation here is pretty solid job.
Generally, the movie is shot to make everyone look beautiful. Lighting really brings out all of Seyfried’s best attributes to make her a temptress that leaves behind the Mamma Mia sweetness and every character comes with the HD powered sparkly eyes, so all in all the transfer looks pretty good even if on closer inspection its slightly lacking the small details that would make it great.
Along with a strong presentation of the dialogue, Chloe uses its melodramatic score to keep the movie moving along and to make even the more innocent scenes feel grander than they really are. This works will within the track and the score is powerful and well layered making it a strong emotionally element of the complex story.
Along with that there’s a fine use of the music choices on the soundtrack, even with a brief scene with a very natural sounding live band jamming. Chloe doesn’t really push the boat out in regards to dynamics, but the presence of that score really makes this a slightly above average audio experience for this sort of thing and delivered quite a punch.
Jumping straight into the alternative endings (05:24 SD), visually nothing changes. All we get are two sets of voices overs from Julianne Moore and Amanda Seyfried that wrap up events from their own points of view.
The making of (25:41 SD) actually turns out to be a very interesting little piece. There’s plenty of insight from producer Ivan Reitman and director Atom Egoyan as well as all the cast and the pacing and details covered made for a refreshing change despite every key element of a making of remaining the same.
If anyone out there is a big fan of Atom Egoyan then ‘The Strange Case of Atom Egoyan’ (01:25:00 SD) will be right up your street. The documentary takes a look back at the director’s work with plenty of involvement form the man himself. I really like watching these sorts of things especially when I don’t know the subject that well and I hadn’t realised he’d directed the great Where The Truth Lies, so all in all I enjoyed my little catch up with the work of Atom Egoyan.
There are two deleted scenes (05:19 SD) which don’t really add all that much more to the story. The Interviews with Atom Egoyan (22.00 SD), Amanda Seyfried (06.58 SD) and Julianne Moore (04.57 SD) are all part of press junkets and cover much the same as the previous features and finishing off there’s the Trailer (01:53 HD) a photo gallery (04:02 SD), and finally a pretty simple video and audio configuration section.
Chloe ended up being a well above average erotic drama and it’s in large part down to Julianne Moore’s continuing ability to make most movies she’s in great. The rest of the cast around her do great job too, with Seyfried leaving that girl next door sweetness at home (nudity tends to do that) and Neeson adding a bit of weight to a pretty thankless role.
The disc also ends up being a pleasant surprise with a solid A/V presentation and a nice set of extras, so all-in-all this release is well worth checking out.
* Note: The above images are taken from the Blu-ray release and resized for the page. Full-resolution captures are available by clicking individual images, but due to .jpg compression they are not necessarily representative of the quality of the transfer.
Review by Marcus Doidge
Suitable only for persons of 15 years and over
Release Date: 19th July 2010
Disc Type: Blu-ray Disc
Audio: DTS HD Master Audio 5.1 English, DTS HD Master Audio 5.1 French
Subtitles: English, French, Netherlands
Extras: Making Of, Atom Egoyan Documentary, Interviews, Trailer, Deleted Scenes, Alternate Endings, Photo Gallery, Audio and Video Configiration
Easter Egg: No
Director: Atom Egoyan
Cast: Julianne Moore, Liam Neeson, Amanda Seyfried
Genre: Drama, Romance and Thriller
Length: 96 minutes
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